Policy - Spanish strategy for nutrition, physical activity and prevention of obesity (NAOS)

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Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs
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Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs
Type of policy:
Comprehensive national nutrition policy, strategy or plan


Goals, objectives or targets related to nutrition: 

Goal and main objectives

The fundamental goal of the NAOS Strategy is:

To promote a healthy diet and foster physical activity to invert the growing trend of the prevalence of obesity and thus to substantially reduce morbidity and mortality attributable to chronic diseases.


To achieve the proposed goal, the main objectives which are to be developed through the NAOS Strategy are as follows:

To promote policies and plans of action aimed at improving eating habits and increasing physical activity in the population. These policies should be sustainable, integral and reach a wide section of the society.

  • Population awareness and information campaigns about the positive impact on health of a balanced diet and regular physical activity.
  • To promote nutritional education at home, at school and in the community.
  • To stimulate the practice of regular physical activity in the population, with special emphasis on schools.
  • To favour a framework of collaboration with companies in the food industry to promote the production and distribution of products which contribute to a healthier and more balanced diet.
  • To make professionals in the National Health System more aware in order to foster the systematic detection of obesity and problems of overweight in the population.
  • To monitor the proposed measures and evaluate the results obtained as a consequence of the Strategy

WHO Global Nutrition Policy Review 2009-2010, NOPA

Further notes: 

The NAOS Strategy (Strategy for Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention)was launched from the Ministry of Health, through the Spanish Food and Nutrition Agency in 2005 with objective of raising awareness of the problem that obesity poses to health, and encourage all initiatives that contribute to ensuring that citizens, especially children and youth adopt healthy lifestyle habits, primarily through diet healthy and regular practice of physical activity

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